Matric Equivalent Courses

A matric equivalent certificate indicates the same level as a matric certificate but in a specialised area of study. They both fall under NQF level 4.

Often, people study Matric Equivalent Courses to get on the same NQF Level as the Matric Certificate which is NQF 4. You can use your Matric Equivalent Certificate to further your studies or to focus on building skill sets you can use in your professional career.  

Here are the Matric Equivalent Courses you can study to achieve a Matric Equivalent Certificate 

ICB Small Business Management National Certificate

Are you a go-getter who thrives in leadership roles? This is the course for you!

ICB Senior Bookkeeping Further Education and Training Certificate

Are you good at working with numbers? Is bookkeeping or accounting a likely career path in your future? Have a look at our ICB Senior bookkeeping course.

Education in South Africa is modelled around the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that includes 10 educational qualifications. From NQF Level 1 (which is equivalent to a Grade 9 Certificate) to NQF Level 10 (which is equivalent to a Doctorate Degree), there is no shortage of academic qualifications for you to achieve. 

What Is A Matric Equivalent Certificate?

A matric equivalent certificate is a certificate in a specialised stream of learning that is on the same NQF level as a matric certificate. 

Any accredited course that is considered an NQF level 4, is on the same NQF level as a matric certificate. 

Matric equivalent certificates are a better choice for students who cannot go to university. With a matric equivalent certificate, they will learn a specialised set of skills and can start working.

There are many scarce skills in South Africa that Matric Equivalent Certificates offer solutions to.

What Is A Scarce Skill? 


Scarce Skills are skills that are in high demand in South Africa. Some of these Scarce Skills are also in demand in other countries. These skills are sought after by employers as there aren’t enough qualified professionals in those specific fields. 

Top 10 Scarce Skills In South Africa 


There are many sectors in the South African economy that have scarce skills. These are the top 10 scarce skills in South Africa: 

  1. Information Technology and Communication
  2. Engineering
  3. Health Professionals and related clinical sciences
  4. Architects, Town Planners and Surveyors
  5. Business, Management and Economics
  6. Financial Accounting
  7. Media Professionals, Artistic, Literary and Design
  8. Sales, Marketing and related associated professions
  9. Sport and Fitness
  10. Quality and Regulatory professionals

What Are The Benefits Of Pursuing A Scarce Skills Job?

There are many benefits of pursuing a career that focuses on a scarce skill, one of them is being able to study qualifications without Matric. Here are other benefits of choosing a scarce skills job: 

  • Jobs Aplenty!

            There are many jobs in demand that is guaranteed to employees who are skilled

  • Hiring Opportunities

            Employers want people with scarce skills qualifications

  • Increase your income

            You will be able to fall into a higher income bracket 

  • Move up the corporate ladder!

            You can use the scarce skills you acquired to progress your career. 

  • Travel and work abroad

            Scarce skills are in demand around the world so you can apply to work abroad 

  • Local and international accreditation

            ICB Qualifications are internationally recognised and are scarce skilled focus

What Are Critical Skills?


Critical skills are specific capabilities needed for an occupation. For example, a Business Manager needs skills like communication, teamwork and customer handling skills. These skills are critical to have as a Business Manager. Other critical skills include:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Good communication
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Open-mindedness
  • Creative thinking

Analytical Thinking


Analytical thinking involves gathering, interpreting and evaluating data in your career. It is also linked to critical thinking. Companies rely on reports to measure their success and having strong analytical and thinking skills will see you do exceptionally well in those roles. 

Good Communication


Being able to think critically, you have to learn the skill of communicating effectively. Good communication skills are critical for any occupation because you are working with people in the organisation. 

Problem Solving


Communicating effectively allows you to identify problems in the business so that you and your colleagues can find solutions for them. 



Problems are complex, especially in organisations, and requires you to have an open mind when communicating and finding solutions for them. 

Creative Thinking


The world is constantly evolving and new technologies allow us to solve problems in a way that was not possible before. For example, e-Mail technologies were developed to allow communication to flow efficiently. This type of creative thinking is critical to the success of the business as you can develop new ways of working.

How Do You Identify Critical And Scarce Skills?


Scarce Skills and Critical Skills may sound similar but they have two different meanings. Scarce Skills are the demand for skilled people to fill professions whereas Critical Skills are “add on” skills that employers look for. 

For example, eCommerce in an organisation will require data sciences to analyse data. With the rise of eCommerce in nearly every organisation, Data Analysts will become a scarce skill as there will be a demand for this occupation. 

Analysing data using analytical skills, identifying problems in them and creatively thinking of solutions whilst effectively communicating them are critical skills needed for the Data Analyst occupation. 

What Does Matric or Equivalent Mean?


Matric or Equivalent means you should have a Matric Certificate or a Matric Equivalent Certificate. The term “Matric or Equivalent” is used when referring to requirements, either for employment or a course you want to study.

Why You Should Choose A Matric Equivalent Certificate

Choosing to obtain a Matric Equivalent Certificate is a very good option. It is for people who have not completed Matric and want to get a qualification that specialises in a field you want to work in. 

When studying a Matric Equivalent Course you: 

  • Gain a Scarce Skill
  • Work in a specialised field

Gain A Scarce Skill


As a recap of the broad explanation of Scarce Skills above, 

  • Gaining a Scarce Skill gives you a competitive advantage when seeking employment
  • Scarce Skills and Critical Skills go hand-in-hand
  • There are many careers available as Scarce Skills are in all the employment sectors 
  • You can earn a good salary by having a scarce skill

Work In A Specialised Field


Matric Equivalent Courses specialise in specific career roles that teaches you the skills needed to do the job. You can apply for work in that field or related with your Matric Equivalent Certificate. 

Remember, having a scarce skill helps you to make progress in your career so that you can move up the corporate ladder!

What Courses Are Equivalent To A Matric Certificate?


Matric College offers two Matric Equivalent Courses that are on the same qualification level as Matric. The courses are 

You have to complete the ICB  Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate (NQF 3) before completing the ICB Senior Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training Certificate Matric Equivalent Course.

All of these courses are offered by Matric College via distance learning, an official provider of ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) qualifications.

Institute Of Certified Bookkeepers


Who Is ICB?


The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is an independent external examination body that offers accredited business qualifications in South Africa. They offer a high-quality learning experience and are registered with the NQF. 

With over: 

  • 500 ICB-Accredited providers (Matric College is one of them)
  • 15 000 students every year AND
  • 25 000 successful qualifications over the last 5 years

ICB offers you an opportunity to do a Matric Equivalent Course. Watch the Matric College CEO explain the ICB courses we offer.

ICB Small Business Financial Management: National Certificate


The success of every organisation starts with exceptional management. Business Management is critical to achieving the goals of the company as they drive the plans put in place. Business Managers are people that pay attention to

  • Business and financial best practices
  • Legal and office operations
  • Human resource management
  • Digital 
  • Business strategy And
  • Commerce

The ICB Small Business Financial Management: National Certificate course is perfect for people that connect with business management. Want to know some more? Here is some general information about this course:

General Information

Matric equivalent ICB Small Business Financial Management - General Information - Matric College



There are 3 subjects for this course and covers specific topics for each one

  1. Business Management
  2. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  3. Business Literacy

What Will I Learn? 

Upon completion of the ICB  Small Business Financial Management: National Certificate Course you will have demonstrated the understanding of business documents, processing and recording business transactions and learning how to communicate effectively. You will also show what it means to be a General Manager, managing capital and digital operations.

Jobs You Can Apply For


With this Matric Equivalent Certificate you can apply to be:

  • A Human Resources Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Public Relations Practitioner
  • Marketer
  • A Junior Researcher
  • A Sales Assistant
  • A Junior Analyst
  • A Legal Administrator
  • Customer Service

The ICB Senior Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training course is another course you can study to become a  Bookkeeper, another scarce skill in South Africa. This is the second Matric Equivalent Certificate you can achieve with us.

ICB Senior Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training Certificate


Finance is a huge player in any organisation. Finance funds the business and its operations to service its customers and a Bookkeeper is the person appointed by the company to manage this critical part of the organisation. Bookkeepers are responsible for reporting: 

  • Year-end adjustments 
  • Taxes
  • Financial transactions
  • Banking
  • Processed payments 
  • Financial statements

The ICB Senior Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training Certificate is perfect for individuals who are good with working with numbers, money and financial data.  Do you think this course is for you? Here is everything you need to know:

General Information

ICB Senior Bookkeeping Matric Equivalent Course - Matric College


There are 2 subjects for this course that focuses on crucial bookkeeping topics:

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Cost and Management Accounting

These subjects are a continuation of the subjects completed in the ICB Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate that is completed first.

What Will I Learn? 

Upon completion of the ICB Senior Bookkeeping: Further Education and Training Certificate you will have demonstrated the understanding of bookkeeping, year-end adjustments, financial reporting for SMMEs, accounts, financial statement analysis, cash flow, cost and management accounts, manufacturing accounts, costing and budgeting. 

Jobs You Can Apply For


With this Matric Equivalent Certificate you can apply to be: 

  • A Senior Bookkeeper
  • Junior Accountant
  • Financial Services Officer
  • Business Analyst
  • Assistant Accountant
  • Credit Controller

This is the perfect Matric Equivalent Course to study if you want to become a Senior Bookkeeper but you have to first complete the junior course before this one, the ICB Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate (NQF Level 3)

ICB Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate


The ICB  Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate is the start of the Financial Accounting stream and is also known as the bridging ICB course.

General Information

general information for ICB Junior Bookkeeping


There are 4 subjects that focus on introductory bookkeeping topics:

  1. Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  2. Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns
  3. Computerised Bookkeeping
  4. Business Literacy

What Will I Learn? 

Upon completion of the ICB  Junior Bookkeeping: National Certificate you will have demonstrated the understanding of monthly bookkeeping to trial balance, disclosure of profit and financial positions, suppliers, inventory and bank statements reconciliation. You will also learn how to calculate PAYE/UIF/SDL and understand taxes and payroll tax.

Jobs You Can Apply For


With this course you can apply to be: 

  • A Junior Bookkeeper
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Reconciliation Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Payable/Receivable Clerk

Watch Our Principal Discuss ICB Financial Accounting

Are ICB Courses Recognised by other institutions?


Yes, ICB Courses are recognised by other institutions that offer recognition of prior learning. You can use your ICB Qualification to get automatic credits for a course you want to study later. ICB courses are recognised locally in South Africa and internationally.

Local Recognition


All ICB qualifications are registered on the NQF and accredited by QCTO (Quality Council For Trade & Occupations) and registered with SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority).  

International Recognition


ICB Courses are internationally recognised by CIMA and ACCA in Canada, USA and UK.

Do I Get Credits For Work Experience Or Other Studies?


ICB courses recognise prior learning and work experience when studying an ICB course. If you have previously studied bookkeeping or small business management or worked in those roles, you can apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).



To be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you must have prior work experience or achieved qualifications or part-qualifications within the last five years that are registered on the NQF. You can apply for exemptions by submitting documentation of the provider accreditation, the NQF Level and the SAQA qualification number. 

If you have not studied or worked in these roles before and you do not have a Matric Certificate, you do not need to follow the process of recognition of prior learning. 

How Will I Be Assessed? 

Studying an ICB Course requires you to build a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that includes:

  • 3 assignments
  • 2 open book tests And a
  • Final exam

The assignments and tests are your portfolio of evidence which you can do digitally or on paper. Digital portfolios are done on the ICB MACCI Portal. 



ICB has a student portal called MACCI for students studying an ICB Course. It is a digital platform used to submit assignments, write online tests and complete a digital Portfolio of Evidence.

ICB Exams


ICB is an independent examination body with exam venues across South Africa. Exams are written every second month so as you complete a subject you can write the exam. The exam timetable for the ICB 2021/22 is available online for download

You can plan your studies accordingly based on the dates on the timetable. 

ICB Exam Registration 


You can register to write your ICB exams using the ICB Student Portal. Here is how you can successfully complete the exam registration process: 

  1. Register as an ICB student by submitting the Student Details form. 
  2. Complete the Exam Entry Form using the dates available in the timetable

After registering for your exam, ICB will issue you with an admission letter to write the exam.

In-Person ICB Exam


Writing your ICB exam in-person includes going to the exam centre where the exam is written and submitting your paper-based portfolio of evidence to the invigilator. The exams are spread throughout the week allowing you to write more subjects. Distance learning students have 2 opportunities to write the exam in person. 

Please note that space is limited for in-person exams and is subject to admission due to COVID Protocols. ICB now allows you to write your ICB exams online. 

Online ICB Exam 


ICB exams written online are now written every second month starting April 2021 and they are scheduled to be written in the afternoon. Distance learning students have 6 opportunities to write the online exams. Your portfolio of evidence is submitted on the student portal. 

Here is how you can prepare for your ICB Exams online

ICB Certificates – When Do You Get These?


You will receive your ICB Qualification Certificate within 3 – 6 months upon successful completion of the course you studied. In the meantime you will receive: 

  • An ICB Programme Certificate
  • Statement of results

Once you have been declared competent in the subjects, ICB will authorise FASSET to print your certificate and send it to Matric College, the institute where you studied the course, for it to be awarded to you. 

ICB no longer award certificates for each subject you complete but for the entire course. You will receive a statement of results as proof that you completed the subject. 

Digital Certificates are available for download on the ICB Student Portal under the “My Reports” tab. 

Where Can I Study A Matric Equivalent Course? 


With Us! Matric College is an official provider of ICB courses. We are a distance learning institution, available countrywide, giving you an improved educational experience studying with us. You are able to choose how to study, part-time or full-time, all while still working. 

We provide you with coursework and study materials to help you study and offer academic support. 

How Do I Complete A Matric Equivalent ICB Course With Matric College?

At Matric College we have developed a 10 step plan to get you started with your studies: 

Step 1: Complete the “Download Brochure Form” at the bottom of this page

Step 2: Our course experts will contact you to register you for an ICB Course

Step 3: Upon successful completion of your registration, we will send you coursework and study materials via courier. 

Step 4: Register as an ICB student on the ICB Student Portal 

Step 5: Register your student account on MACCI to build your Portfolio of Evidence

Step 6: Complete and submit your assignments on MACCI

Step 7: Write open book tests online using the MACCI Portal

Step 8: Complete the exam entry form on the ICB Student Portal to register for the final exam

Step 9: Write your ICB final exam online or in-person (remember to submit your digital or paper-based portfolio)

Step 10: Matric College will issue your ICB Matric Equivalent Qualification once it is received from ICB and FASSET. 

Top 10 Reasons To Study an ICB Qualification With Matric College


Here are the top 10 reasons to study a Matric Equivalent ICB Qualification with Matric College:

  1. Matric College is an official provider of ICB Courses 
  2. We have two ICB Courses that offer Matric Equivalent Certificates 
  3. The entry requirements are easy to achieve
  4. You can study part-time or full-time 
  5. ICB courses offered by Matric College are completed via distance learning
  6. The faster you learn the quicker you complete your course
  7. We offer the most up to date syllabus
  8. Our study materials are easy to understand 
  9. ICB Courses are internationally recognised
  10. We offer student support weekdays 8 am – 5 pm

Benefits Of Studying A Matric Equivalent Qualification 


A Matric Equivalent Certificate is the beginning of many academic and professional opportunities you can take advantage of. Benefits of a Matric Equivalent Certificate include: 

  • Furthering your Education
  • Advancing in your Career
  • An Opportunity for all

Further Your Education

A Matric Equivalent Certificate can be used to apply for National Qualifications and, in the case of an ICB Qualification, international qualifications. You can apply for further studies at Matric College to do a National Qualification, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

With your Matric Equivalent Certificate, you can even study further to achieve a National Diploma. 

Career Advancement


The Matric Equivalent courses we offer are scarce skills which are in demand not only in South Africa but the whole world. You can advance your career by obtaining these skills with the Matric Equivalent Courses that we offer. 

Opportunity for All


Another, but most important, benefit of studying a Matric Equivalent Qualification is the opportunities it brings to every student. If you have not completed Matric and want to focus on gaining a specific skill for a job, you can study a Matric Equivalent Course to get on the same educational level as the National Senior Certificate (Matric).

ICB Local And International Accreditation And Recognition


As mentioned above, ICB Courses are locally and internationally recognised and accredited by: 

  • QCTO
  • CIMA
  • ACCA
  • SAQA
  • NQF



The Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a quality council that offers guidance to skills development providers (i.e. ICB) private and public. Assessment centres must be accredited by the QCTO to implement occupational qualifications.

QCTO's process - Matric College



The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) provides training and qualifications in management accounting. CIMA is a global professional body located in the UK. Furthering your studies with CIMA the route to take after completing an ICB Course.



The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the world’s leading body for professional accountants. You can further your education with ACCA with your ICB Qualification and become a Chartered Certified Accountant.



The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is mandated by the NQF Act to oversee the implementation of the NQF by setting: 

  • Quality Councils
  • Policies and Criteria
  • Registration of qualifications
  • Recognition of professional bodies

NQF Levels

Matric certificates are an NQF level 4. That means that any other certificate in the NQF that is also a level 4, is considered to be a matric equivalent certificate.

What is NQF?


The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a framework developed by the South African government to integrate different educational qualifications. NQF was passed as an Act (Act No. 67 of 2008) in Parliament and is used in Basic and Higher Education. 

What Do NQF Levels Mean?


There are 10 levels of educational qualifications you can achieve. Each level has a qualification or equivalent qualification on the same level. 

NQF levels explained

Is NQF 4 The Same As Matric?


Yes, according to the National Qualifications Framework, NQF Level 4 is a Matric Certificate and Matric Equivalent Certificate (i.e the ICB Courses offered at Matric College). 

When someone speaks about NQF 4 they are referring to the Level the number is on the National Qualifications Framework. Level 4 is Matric and Matric Equivalent Certificates. 

NQF Levels Broken Down


Below are the NQF Levels that indicate the educational Qualifications you can achieve on the National Qualifications Framework. 

NQF Level 1

  • Grade 9 Certificate

NQF Level 2

  • Grade 10 Certificate

NQF Level 3

  • Grade 11 Certificate
  • National Certificate Bookkeeping 

NQF Level 4

NQF Level 5

  • Higher Certificate

NQF Level 6

  • Diploma

NQF Level 7

  • Bachelors Degree

NQF Level 8

  • Honours Degree

NQF Level 9

  • Masters Degree

NQF Level 10

  • Doctorate Degree

Watch A Video About What The NQF Levels Is About

Our Matric Courses

Matric College is the leading institution when it comes to achieving your Matric as an adult. We offer Matric Courses for high schoolers and adults who want to obtain their NQF level 4 Matric Certificate. We believe that it is not too late to achieve your Matric Certificate and with the improved education we offer, you can achieve academic success.

Adult Matric - Senior Certificate (Amended)

It is never too late to finish your matric year. You can complete your Adult Matric certificate no matter how many years you have been out of school.

Matric Upgrade - National Senior Certificate

If you are not happy with your matric results, you can upgrade them. Upgrading our marks can assist with better career opportunities.

Matric Rewrite - National Senior Certificate

Your matric results don't define you. Take control of your future and consider a Matric Rewrite. There are many other opportunities at your disposal.

Adult Matric is for Adults over the age of 21 who want to achieve their Matric Certificate. You will receive a Senior Certificate (Amended) that is NQF Level 4 and is awarded by Umalusi.

Matric Upgrade is for Adults over the age of 21 who want to improve their Matric marks from the first time when they wrote their Matric Exams. You are able to choose subjects you already wrote and improve on those marks or choose a new subject to add to the National Senior Certificate (Matric) you already have. 

Matric Rewrite is for students who just wrote their National Senior Certificate (Matric) exams in the October/ November exam session and want to rewrite the subjects. You can study the subjects you want to rewrite with us by applying for the coursework and study materials. 

The CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, explains about matric equivalent certificates

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Last Updated: 6 December 2021

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